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Posted: Sunday 14 April, 2024 at 12:38 PM

PM Drew reiterates water situation in the Federation

By: Staff Reporter,

    ...period of rationing underscores state of problem


    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- THE Federation is facing significant water scarcity, exacerbated by prolonged dry conditions affecting the region since last year. Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew has emphasized the need for conservation measures in response to this pressing issue.


    Over the past two years, the Federation has experienced considerable water rationing due to decreased rainfall. Minister with Responsibility for the Water Sector, Konris Maynard, has reiterated that there was a 40 percent deficit in rainfall throughout much of 2023.


    Unfortunately, little improvement has been observed since the beginning of this year. PM Drew highlighted the severity of the situation, stating, "We are facing the worst drought. And each year, we are seeing a steady decrease in the amount of rainfall, all because of climate change and coupled with El Nino."


    While climatic conditions play a significant role in the water shortage, Dr. Drew stressed the importance of behavioral changes in water usage. Factors such as deliberate water wastage and leaking pipes contribute to the problem, reflecting human error.


    "...we have embarked on a number of critical measures, but also to say to our people, it's critical that we change our behavior and treat water as the precious resource it is," urged the Prime Minister.


    He continued, “This is affecting the whole region. We are now considered a water-scarce country. I never thought that St. Kitts and Nevis would become a water-scarce country. Climate change has propelled us to that state.”


    Addressing the need for adaptation to climate change, Dr. Drew emphasized the importance of proper water management. "I want to encourage our citizens to not waste water" he emphasized.


    As the representative of District Eight, one of the areas experiencing significant water reduction, the Prime Minister offered recommendations for water conservation. "When washing vehicles, opt for a bucket instead of a hose. Similarly, minimize water usage when washing dishes or laundry. Fix leaking faucets promptly to conserve water," he advised.


    Reiterating the severity of the situation, the Prime Minister clarified that the issue lies not in the cost of water, but rather in the lack of rainfall. "We must adjust our water usage habits accordingly," he concluded.


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